Grand Asia Market, Raleigh
Attempted to explore Grand Asia Market in Raleigh today. Heading there on the Saturday before New Year was not the best idea I've had- it was very busy.
What are the miust get items here?
LOL. I found that out the hard way a few years ago. I'm sure I'm missing things, but here goes:
The produce is excellent and well priced.
Same for the fish.
The "cafe" and bakery are absolute must-dos. Note, though, that they only accept cash while the grocery does take credit. On the weekends they have tofu pudding with house made tofu.
I get all types of sauces, pastes, and rice there, too.
Oh, and the whole family is completely addicted to the Thai seaweed snacks we get there, although they are also available at other local Asian markets.
Oddly enough, I couldn't find any red bean paste last week and had to go to A & C today to get it.
A & C Supermarket
3210 S Wilmington St Raleigh, NC 27603
It's another large Asian grocery on the south end of town. It may or may not be larger than Grand Asia - I'm spatially challenged so it's hard for me to tell. I don't get there often as it's not geographically convenient for me, but an Asian friend tells me he now prefers A & C to Grand Asia.
There are some wonderful dumplings in the freezer case made in New York. Can't remember name right now but they come in pork with cabbage, shrimp and pork with leeks and small round pork dumplings very much like soup dumplings. Large bags have about 40 dumplings in each. I pan fry pork and cabbage and shrimp and pork with with leeks, soup dumplings I steam or boil in stock. They also have some shrimp dumplings that come in smaller packages. Brand I buy is made from shrimp, another brand seems to have that fake fish listed before shrimp on package. I tried some frozen baked pork buns and would advise you stay away from them. On weekends, you can get dim sum at the restaurant there. Everything we've tasted is pretty good.
Fresh vegetables are very good but much is pre-packaged and are too much of one thing for us. Mushrooms are very good, ginger is freshest we've found.